We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Lemm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, where are you from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Where I am from and my childhood completely encompasses my “why” and who I am today. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas where my father moved to make a living as a solo musician. In the 80s, he was in a well-known band in upstate New York called Duke Jupiter, who toured with bands such as ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Bowie, and Toto. He married my mom, a Cornell graduate that received her degree in marketing, and they started a business together promoting my father. My earliest memories consist of fancy restaurants hearing my dad play the piano, and making trips to small Texas towns to sell his music. We eventually found ourselves consistently in the town of Fredericksburg, Texas, where we would spend the weekends and sell my dad’s music in front of different gift shops. My mother was an amazing saleswoman, and while we no longer sell as a family, his music is still found on Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM radio, and various spa channels because of her. I actually was just recently getting a massage and I heard one of his songs come on! As a family, we were all very informed as to how to handle different aspects of the business, and even though I was young, I mimicked my mother’s charismatic personality as I spoke to customers.- she modeled what it looked like to truly understand and see people- she was instantly friends with everyone, and she cultivated a loving environment for everyone that knew her. We would work together as a family business,- my brothers would both work at different shows throughout Texas, I would help sell on the weekends, and we all did our best to lighten the load- especially because my mother was sick. When I was seven, my mother was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and was in and out of remission for the majority of my life. So many people would have never guessed she was sick considering her zeal for life, and regardless of her treatments, she remained as a pillar of strength. As a family, we would witness many great things happen together, but there was a vast amount of heartbreak and dysfunctionality as well- the reality that we all dealt with sparked my love for writing- which I am incredibly grateful for today. Unfortunately, my mother lost her battle with cancer when I was 18, and I was swiftly forced into adulthood. I moved seven hours away and went to Texas Tech University where I received a degree in education. I dealt with the loss with distraction and burning myself out, and I soon realized how important it was to grieve, and how essential my community was around me. Along with that, I became very passionate about healthy living due to my mother’s circumstances. I started to cook (my mom was an amazing cook!) and tried to honor her in that way. I became active and really wanted to be a voice for those struggling with motivation and consistency. Because of that passion, about three years ago I started to write a blog called “The Healthy Teacher” where I share my experiences with my 7th-grade students, recipes, and wellness tips. It has been one of my greatest blessings and a way I am able to share my story and help others through my writing.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently a 7th grade English teacher, fitness instructor, and lifestyle blogger! Even though I have my hands full, I can honestly say that I am passionate about all three of these fields. Teaching is something I have wanted to do since I was a child, and I never have gone to work dreading the day, I love my job! As for blogging, I have first-hand seen teacher burnout throughout the years, and I felt called to be a voice for the teachers that felt overwhelmed and were struggling. Through my writing, I try to promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and demonstrate how it is possible to set certain boundaries through the chaos of teaching while prioritizing what is truly important! As for my brand, I try to be as transparent as possible with my audience. Teaching is hard. It is messy and heavy and we tend to put ourselves last. With that being said, I not only share simple, healthy recipes, but also other helpful content such as workouts and teaching tips. Since the pandemic began, I started to host online workouts and have continued to do so as often as I can! The workouts are donation-based and usually are around 25 minutes- we have a great #fitfam happening, and I love that community can happen even online. While starting my blog, I do not think anyone really stressed the amount of time it takes to get a business going in this day and age. There is so much that goes into building a website, promoting your brand, developing content, and most importantly, connecting with others and building relationships! It takes a lot of time, but if you are able to help just one person, the journey is worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely LOVE adventuring to new spots around the city and promoting small businesses. My husband and I consider ourselves foodies, and we have some awesome areas around the east Dallas area close to where we live. When friends come to stay with us, on the first night we usually will hit up Good Friends Burgers, Pho is for Lovers or Maya’s for dinner. In the mornings, I would take them to one of my favorite coffee shops- Soco Good Eats, Cultivar, El Porton, or Herbs Coffee Shop. After that, I would take them to either the Dallas or White Rock Farmers Market, and then go walk around white rock lake for some outdoor activity. For lunch, we would probably go somewhere with a patio on Lower Greenville or in Uptown if the weather was nice, or just eat at the inside market at the Dallas Farmers Market. Before dinner, we would go to the Half-Price Books headquarters and do some shopping for some great books, records, or games. For dinner, we would go to Terrilis or Blue Sushi for some awesome happy hour- and then if in lower Greenville already, go over to Halcyon for some games and a glass of wine! The rest of the week, we would go shopping in Bishop Arts and then possibly go to yoga at Black Swan, we also would check out the local parks while enjoying the outdoors. Dallas has a great amount to do and there is always something new to explore.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I could easily write a small novel thanking everyone that has helped me get to where I am today, not just with my blog, but with my well-being and career. I have been incredibly blessed with an amazing support system, and am so humbled by the strength and love of others that have been with me through this journey. Creating a list leaves the chance of leaving someone out, but I will say that my family has made me who I am- and that I am forever indebted to those who stepped in as my rock and my fortress during the best and worst times. I am so incredibly thankful for friends that have supported me and stood by me as I took a leap of faith with my blog- it is a scary thing to do, but their words and support have kept me going! And lastly, a shout out to my husband that has been my biggest cheerleader for the last eleven years, and who has shown me what loving selflessly looks like- I am so very grateful for him!